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while admiring beth's mini summer quilts at plum and june, i realized briar rose was now available and i didn't have any yet. yikes! even though i'm trying to fabric diet, i hopped on over to fabric.com to get some. however, as darling as the line is and as much as i adore heather ross's designs, i decided i could live without a lot of briar rose. my willpower kicked in and i only selected two prints to coordinate with the pile i already have set aside from previous lines. whew! i patted myself on the back for being so good.
then, . . .
for some reason, i checked to see what liberty of london lines might be available. uh oh! lots of new tana lawns. that's where the willpower (mostly) flew out the window. i ordered 5 - 1/2 yard cuts of some irresistible prints. oh, shame on me! why, oh why does that stuff have to be so expensive? and gorgeous and completely irresistible to me? utter temptation.
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ah, it was a special time for just the two of us this morning. ha, ha!
|M daylight 1/100 f4.0 iso200|
|M daylight 1/100 f4 iso200|
i zoomed in a bit to try and capture how the light gleams on the basket handles and the dust motes dance in the air
i took 50 photos, but only included 28 here.
|M daylight 1/100 f4 iso200|
closer still on those handles - i still didn't capture the magic light, though
i tried putting the fabrics in a row on the backside of the basket so they would all be in equal focus:
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i zoomed in, including only a bit of the basket:
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i also tried the angle in the 2nd photo of the post (#4). that one looks rather like dishtowels in a basket. i was trying to include a bit more of the basket, but i don't like the way the handle covers the fabrics.
at this point, i was frustrated with the styling, so i went back to where the light sparkles on the handles. i placed the fabrics slightly differently and tried again:
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i was shooting in P (program) mode, letting the camera pick my settings, but with the exposure compensation bumped up for more light. it was tricky because i didn't want to totally blow out the handles yet the fabrics still needed to be bright enough.
while looking at my settings, i noticed the white balance was set to "tungsten light", which is for light bulbs. oops. i switched to that last night while photographing something else indoors sans flash.
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i moved the fabrics again to get them closer together:
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there was a lot to think about as i was not only trying to find good styling but the proper settings. sometimes one or the other is sorta taken care of for you and you can concentrate on one. otherwise, you have to keep switching your mental focus. it's a fun challenge and brain exercise.
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so i went back to the laundry look at the back of the basket:
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i tried a couple and gave up. instead, i lined them up along the handle side and moved around so i could shoot more straight on:
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remove baby, shift frame slightly:
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i moved the shutter speed number higher:
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i got that angle down and decided to attempt the laundry shot again:
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what you can't see happening in all these shots is this:
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because the light had moved, i decided to move the basket itself. also, i had two more liberty prints i wanted to photograph. in the interest of time, i added the darks to the lights for a complete group shot. the aperture/f stop got changed, too, for more light.
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so i closed the aperture down to f4 (greater depth of field) and had to switch my iso higher so i could still hand hold the camera and not get any shake. if i had moved the shutter speed, i wouldn't have been able to hold the camera still enough. most experts say don't hand hold below 1/120, but i have a steady hand and feel comfortable taking it to 1/60. i'll actually even attempt lower if it's not a vitally important shot or i don't have an option.
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and here, when writing the post, i noticed something important. the above shot looked perfectly exposed and pretty sharp on my camera's little lcd screen but less so on the computer. i think one major reason for this difference, besides size, is that on the camera the shot is surrounded by black, which makes it pop more, and here it's encompassed by white, which is dulling it slightly. that's something to keep in mind when shooting, i guess.
i tried one last angle on this styling to see how it looked. in order to not cut the fabrics off at the bottom but not have to include so much empty space at the top, i went vertical:
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i tried draping them and going horizontal again:
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i removed the basket, placed the fabrics closer together, returned to vertical orientation:
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redrape the capel, crop in a tad, shift frame a touch :
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fabrics, l to r: emma and georgina in teal/dl blue; capel in aqua/wh; June's meadow in yellow/wh; floral fusion wh/yl/pnk;
misti in dark teal
well, the light must have changed again because this is a bit lighter and i didn't adjust any settings!
everyone was awake and breakfast needed to be made at this point, so play time was over. i had to put my camera and pretties away.
if you actually read all that, or even just skimmed down to the bottom, which one do you like best? and why?
now i get the fun of deciding what to do with these darlings! it has to be perfect. i'm blank on ideas so far.